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2020 Audi S4

What’s new

  • The S4 gets a styling refresh inside and out for 2020
  • A new infotainment system with a touchscreen
  • Part of the fifth S4 generation introduced for 2017

Pros & Cons

  • Turbocharged V6 provides strong acceleration
  • Poised handling gives you plenty of confidence
  • Modern and well-thought-out interior
  • Quiet and relaxed over long distances
  • Interior storage is merely adequate
MSRP Range
$49,900 - $58,350
MSRP Starting at
$49,900
Edmunds Suggested Price as low as
$50,415
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$50,415 - $55,378

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MSRP Range
$49,900 - $58,350
MSRP Starting at
$49,900
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$50,415
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2020 Audi S4 Review

If there was a Venn diagram of all vehicles, there's a good chance that the luxury sport sedan class would have broad overlap in the center. These cars deliver performance, refinement, comfort, and a good deal of convenience, and they aren't obscenely expensive. One of our favorites is easily the 2020 Audi S4. It takes the more accessible Audi A4's overall goodness and ups the formula with more power and sharper handling.

For 2020, the S4 receives a styling refresh, with a more angular grille, along with numerous minor revisions. The infotainment system is new too, though it's not quite as easy to use as its predecessor. With quicker responses and a sharper display, we'll call it an even trade. Overall, it's a top pick against the likes of the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
Rated for you by America’s best test team

Our verdict

8.4 / 10
For around $60,000, it's hard to imagine a more capable, comfortable and well-executed sport sedan than the Audi S4. Performance, comfort and technology are all clothed in unassuming yet stylish bodywork. You'll appreciate how it balances sharp athleticism with modern luxury and refinement.

How does it drive?

8.0
The breadth of performance makes the S4 a true gem in this class. There's plenty of power on tap from the stout V6. It can be a little leisurely to get away from a standstill, but once on the move, acceleration is fierce and satisfying at all speeds. Our track testing, which used the S4's launch control, saw 60 mph come up in an impressively quick 4.3 seconds. The brakes work well in typical traffic conditions, but power can fade a little from heavy use.

The S4 ably rips around corners too. The optional S Sport package's rear differential helps the S4 turn in eagerly. Longer corners tax the Audi's front tires in the form of persistent, moderate understeer. Still, on most twisty roads, many sports cars would be hard-pressed to match the pace of an S4.

How comfortable is it?

9.0
Equal to performance, the comfort of the S4 also takes center stage. Driver fatigue, no matter the road, is at a minimum, and the S4 manages to strike a fine balance between capability and usability.

The optional S Sport front seats are very supportive and comfortable. The optional adaptive suspension is the way to go on the S4 too; it's a bummer that it's optional. Comfort mode handles rough interstates and broken surface roads with ease, while Dynamic mode keeps the body in check even under the most spirited driving. The S4 is relatively silent at all speeds and well isolated from both road and wind noise.

How’s the interior?

8.5
From the moment you open the door to the moment you hit the throttle, there's a cohesiveness and ease of use in the S4 that you'd be hard-pressed to find in any of its competitors. Ergonomics and style are all at the top of their class.

Audi's interior controls are clear, logically arranged, and consistent in both look and feel. The configurable instrument panel does take some time to learn, but it presents a wide array of information. As for interior space, front occupants have ample head-, legroom and shoulder room. While taller passengers might find the rear seat a tight fit behind a taller driver, two passengers would be comfortable for moderate distances.

How’s the tech?

8.5
Audi's MMI touch infotainment system offers high-quality graphics on its 10.1-inch screen. The screen's menus require some time to learn, but all in all it's pretty straightforward. Audi's Virtual Cockpit, a fully digital instrument panel, gains further refinements to keep it at the top of the class.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration is standard, and both front and rear passengers will find ample USB ports. Wireless charging is also available.

How’s the storage?

7.5
Though the S4's trunk isn't overly large, the load height is reasonable and the cargo area is free of any intrusions or irregularities. Interior storage isn't abundant, but there's enough room to keep your phone, sunglasses, parking card and small drinks free and clear of your hands while driving.

How economical is it?

8.0
The EPA estimates the S4 gets 23 mpg in combined city/highway driving. On our 115-mile mixed-driving evaluation route, we saw nearly 26 mpg on 91 octane, indicating the EPA's numbers are realistic. Naturally, more spirited driving could result in fuel economy falling into the teens.

Is it a good value?

8.0
The S4 is well built and offers a fairly good, though not impressive, warranty and ownership experience and decent fuel economy — especially considering its performance potential. All around, build quality is excellent, as we've come to expect from Audi. There are no unsightly connections, welds or hinges. The only nit to pick is that the brushed aluminum on the interior bits looks and feels plasticky.

Wildcard

9.0
Attacking your favorite back road would not typically involve driving a sedan, but the S4 is capable of demolishing most challenging roads with a speed that constantly surprises the driver. The S4 is a forgiving and capable partner no matter your skill level. A true sleeper, the S4 gives away almost none of its performance potential with looks alone. Only when driven hard does the true capability of the car become clear and you find a highly adaptable car with manners and capability of cars at a much higher price point.

Which S4 does Edmunds recommend?

Since the S4 has a narrower focus on performance and there's no appreciable performance difference between the base and top trim, most shoppers will find the Premium trim more than satisfying. We would add the optional S Sport package to gain its adaptive suspension for a wider range of handling and comfort, as well as the sport differential that increases cornering traction.

Audi S4 models

The 2020 Audi S4 is available in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. All three use a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine (349 horsepower, 369 lb-ft) and an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual control.

Premium
This base trim is well appointed with feature highlights that include:

  • All-wheel drive
  • Upgraded sport suspension and brakes
  • Sunroof

The Premium also comes with:

  • Leather and simulated suede upholstery
  • Heated front sport seats
  • 10.1-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Front collision mitigation

Stepping up to the Premium Plus trim adds:

  • Keyless entry
  • Digital instrument panel
  • Wireless charging pad with signal booster
  • Blind-spot monitor

The top-of-the-line Prestige trim comes with all of the above, plus:

  • Upgraded headlights with washers
  • Navigation system
  • Head-up display
  • Surround-view camera system
  • Bang & Olufsen audio system
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane keeping assist

Key options for the S4 include:

  • Cold Weather package (heated rear seats and steering wheel)
  • Warm Weather package (ventilated front seats, rear window shades)
  • S Sport package (adaptive suspension plus sport rear differential)

Consumer reviews

There are no consumer reviews for the 2020 Audi S4.

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    Features & Specs

    Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD features & specs
    Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD
    3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A
    MSRP$52,400
    MPG 20 city / 27 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower349 hp @ 5400 rpm
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    Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD features & specs
    Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD
    3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A
    MSRP$58,350
    MPG 20 city / 27 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower349 hp @ 5400 rpm
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    Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD features & specs
    Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD
    3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A
    MSRP$49,900
    MPG 20 city / 27 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower349 hp @ 5400 rpm
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite S4 safety features:

    Audi Pre Sense City
    Detects the threat of a front collision, warns the driver, and applies the brakes if the driver doesn't act.
    Audi Active Lane Assist
    Alerts you if you start to drift out of your lane without signaling and can steer to help nudge you back.
    Audi Connect
    Includes a variety of connection services, such as roadside assistance. In an accident, emergency responders are contacted automatically.
    NHTSA Overall Rating

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
    Side Crash RatingRating
    OverallNot Rated
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
    RolloverRating
    Rollover5 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover9.9%

    Audi S4 vs. the competition

    Audi S4 vs. BMW 3 Series

    BMW essentially invented the luxury sport sedan class, but the latest 3 Series is somewhat disappointing. It provides a wealth of performance, but we're not thrilled with the new tech features. The latest iDrive infotainment system is more complicated to use, and some driver assistants and safety features could stand a better tuning.

    Compare Audi S4 & BMW 3 Series features

    Audi S4 vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

    The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been in its current generation for five years, and its age is starting to show. That said, we enjoy its beautifully crafted interior and deceptively strong performance. Cargo space is at a premium, however, and the sport suspension can be rather jarring. Also, the equivalent C-Class model, the C 43, costs thousands more than the S4.

    Compare Audi S4 & Mercedes-Benz C-Class features

    Audi S4 vs. Genesis G70

    Genesis, the luxury offshoot brand from Hyundai, is on the rise and the G70 sport sedan is a good reason why. In terms of performance, the G70 can hold its own against the German establishment. It also has a generous warranty and represents a relative bargain in this class. The rear seat is rather small, though, and some parts sharing with Hyundai takes you out of the luxury fantasy.

    Compare Audi S4 & Genesis G70 features

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    FAQ
    Is the Audi S4 a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 S4 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.4 out of 10. You probably care about Audi S4 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the S4 gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the S4 has 12.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Audi S4. Learn more
    What's new in the 2020 Audi S4?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Audi S4:

    • The S4 gets a styling refresh inside and out for 2020
    • A new infotainment system with a touchscreen
    • Part of the fifth S4 generation introduced for 2017
    Learn more
    Is the Audi S4 reliable?
    To determine whether the Audi S4 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the S4. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the S4's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2020 Audi S4 a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Audi S4 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 S4 and gave it a 8.4 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 S4 is a good car for you. Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2020 Audi S4?

    The least-expensive 2020 Audi S4 is the 2020 Audi S4 Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $49,900.

    Other versions include:

    • Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $52,400
    • Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $58,350
    • Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $49,900
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    What are the different models of Audi S4?
    If you're interested in the Audi S4, the next question is, which S4 model is right for you? S4 variants include Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of S4 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 Audi S4

    2020 Audi S4 Overview

    The 2020 Audi S4 is offered in the following submodels: S4 Sedan. Available styles include Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A).

    What do people think of the 2020 Audi S4?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Audi S4 and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 S4.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Audi S4 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 S4 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2020 Audi S4?
    2020 Audi S4 Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

    The 2020 Audi S4 Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $60,690. The average price paid for a new 2020 Audi S4 Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $5,802 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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    The average savings for the 2020 Audi S4 Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is 9.6% below the MSRP.

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    The 2020 Audi S4 Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $56,190. The average price paid for a new 2020 Audi S4 Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $6,412 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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    The average savings for the 2020 Audi S4 Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is 11.4% below the MSRP.

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